The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 431
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David Donoghue, consulting geologist of Fort Worth, Texas,
was also much interested in the F. B. E. Browne map. His
letter gives a number of leads which should prove helpful in
the further identification of the expedition.
This is in regard to the F. B. E. Browne map in the last issue
of The Quarterly. "We were all traveling West in '49!" The reference
to thermometer, latitude and longitude, and elevation suggests strongly
a connection of some kind to a military expedition. Geological observations
also point that way. Note the reference to Edw. Waller. Was this
not the Waller for whom Waller County was named and from whom
Waller Creek in Austin also takes its name?
Emory (U. S. Boundary Survey, I, 91) says that 1849, 1850, and
1851 were years of drought in El Paso and vicinity. Bartlett in his
Personal Reminiscences, II, 604, gives names of party detailed for the
survey of the Rio Grande (El Paso to Presidio [?]) August 27, 1851.
Emory (I, 89) and Bartlett (II, 547) state that Von Hipple actually
made the survey. Von Hipple's report is not printed in Bartlett or in
Emory. It may or may not give a clue. Emory and Bartlett both mention
a Thomas Thompson. A reference is made on the map to Thompson
and party which "returned by this route" in the upper left hand part
of the map.
See also C. D. Gibbes' "Journal" in West Texas Historical Association
Yearbook, XIX, October, 1943, p. 165, where he says ". . . a company
from Austin arrived two days after us, having been about sixty days
on the road." Gibbes arrived at El Paso about May 26, 1849, having
started from Dallas.
Let me know of any information you get concerning the map.
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